Managing pain is a process that often requires more than physical therapy and medications. At Total Diagnostic and Interventional Pain in LaGrange, Georgia, expert pain management physicians perform pain relief procedures that can restore function to your damaged or injured area. In TDI Pain’s state-of-the-art, JCAHO-approved facility where procedures are performed, Apex Medical Surgery Center, you have the option of light IV sedation for your procedure.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is when a calming medication is given intravenously (in a vein) to help you relax for the duration of your procedure. The IV can be inserted in either the arm, hand, or sometimes the foot.
What can I expect from light IV sedation?
Upon receiving the medication through an IV, you can expect to feel very relaxed and in some cases, you may even fall asleep. After light IV sedation, you can expect to feel groggy, and it is possible to have a slight headache or nausea. It is important to let the staff know if you are experiencing any symptoms from IV sedation so that you can be accurately observed for any potential side effects.
What are the requirements to get IV sedation?
For your safety, we ask that you do not eat anything 6 hours prior to your procedure. You may have CLEAR, non-fizzy liquids up to 2 hours before your procedure. We also ask that you take your normal medications as directed with a small sip of water, unless otherwise directed. You will also be required to have a responsible adult driver present to drive you after your procedure.
Do I have to get IV sedation?
Here at TDI Pain, we believe in the option to choose whether you would like IV sedation. It can make the procedure less stressful for you as well as less painful if muscles are relaxed. About 75% of our patients choose light sedation for their procedure.
If you are on blood thinners, please notify your provider or Apex Medical Surgery Center, as it may be necessary to stop this medication based on your procedure. Do not stop taking blood thinners unless directed to do so by Apex Medical Surgery Center.
Call Apex Medical Surgery Center today to learn more about light IV sedation.